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One I-5 lane still closed as work to fight fire ends

Freeway to open completely today after officials clear the shoulder of remaining equipment

Posted: June 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Fire crews mopping up after the weekend brush fire in Castaic wrapped up all operations by Sunday afternoon, fire and law enforcement sources said.

"We're just in the process of mopping up," a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Sunday at 1 p.m.

By 3 p.m., the fire that burned close to 700 acres was fully contained and firefighting efforts done, just in time for weekend motorists returning home,

Fire crews had initially expected to keep one lane closed on the interstate until noon Tuesday as they finished their work, but by mid-afternoon Sunday, they completed ahead of schedule, said California Highway Patrol Officer A. Mendoza.

"They were going to keep one lane closed, but all their hoses and major equipment is out there now," he said.

"They're going to come back (Monday) for their cones and the small stuff."

Initially, the shoulder lane of the northbound Interstate 5, near Parker Road, was to have been closed until noon Tuesday.

On Friday afternoon, an off-road motorcycle crash in the hills west of Castaic ignited the fire that firefighters ended up battling for more than 24 hours.

The fire was nearly 100-percent contained by 3 p.m. Saturday, but the more than 350 firefighters remained at the fire site, taking no chances due to the abnormally dry conditions of brush in the area, Capt. F. Garrido said.

One inmate on a work crew suffered an ankle injury fighting the fire, but no structures of any kind had been damaged, he said.




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